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The contributors explore the issues of agency and power which motivate the conflicting discourses surrounding syncretism, that is the mixing of different religious traditions within a culture.
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Syncretism/Anti-Syncretism

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The contributors explore the issues of agency and power which motivate the conflicting discourses surrounding syncretism, that is the mixing of different religious traditions within a culture.
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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction: problematizing syncretism 1
1 What 'Alhaji Airplane' saw in Mecca, and what happened when he came home: ritual transformation in a Mende community (Sierra Leone) 27
2 Beyond syncretism: translation and diabolization in the appropriation of Protestantism in Africa 45
3 Variation on a Christian theme: the healing synthesis of Zulu Zionism 69
4 The politics of religious synthesis: Roman Catholicism and Hindu village society in Tamil Nadu, India 85
5 Ritual, power and colonial domination: male initiation among the Ngaing of Papua New Guinea 108
6 Syncretism as a dimension of nationalist discourse in modern Greece 127
7 Syncretic inventions: 'Indianness' and the Day of the Monkey 145
8 Manipulated identities: syncretism and uniqueness of tradition in modern Japanese discourse 161
9 Are fireworks Islamic? Towards an understanding of Turkish immigrants and Islam in Germany 178
10 Syncretism, multiculturalism and the discourse of tolerance 196
Afterword 212
Name index 216
Subject index 219
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